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GJM disappointed after talks with Bengal government

first_imgThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has expressed its disappointment with the second round of talks with the West Bengal government held at Uttar Kanya on Tuesday. “It seems that the agenda of the meeting was decided in advance, namely to raise issues pertaining to minimum wages, bonus and salaries. There was no discussion on Gorkhaland or the need and modality of maintaining a tripartite dialogue on Gorkhaland,” a press statement issued by Jyoti Kumar Rai, assistant general secretary of GJM, said. The GJM also appealed to the Centre to “immediately convene a tripartite meeting” on the ongoing stalemate in Darjeeling. Seven members of the GJM, including two MLAs and expelled leader Binoy Tamang, participated in the meeting. The ongoing strike in Darjeeling has crossed 90 days. Attempts by the state government to normalise the situation in the hills have failed to yield much results. On Wednesday, the government resumed bus services between Darjeeling and Siliguri. The buses were escorted by vehicles of security forces. While expressing disappointment with the outcome of the meeting, the GJM said it was “partly appreciative” of CM’s statement that “every citizen has the right to do agitation”. The press statement also added that the “90 days of indefinite strike and the death of 11 Gorkhaland supporters was not bargain for bonus, salary, winter allowance for teachers and development issues”.The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on October 17.last_img read more

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Consular Services Being Brought to Indian Diaspora’s Doorstep in UK

first_imgConsular services including passport, visa and attestation services are being taken to the Indian diaspora in far-flung areas in the UK as part of a new drive by the Indian High Commission here.Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, said the initiative is part of a wide range of initiatives being undertaken by the mission to reach out to the community.Read it at News18 Related Itemslast_img

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TNT bounces back, ties semis series

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rice made himself valuable on the floor, hitting jumpers and knocking down long threes as he scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth that helped TNT build enough cushion and seal the victory.By the time the former Washington Wizards wingman retired to the bench after his fifth foul off a speeding LA Tenorio with less than five minutes left, TNT was already comfortably ahead by double digits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro actually presided over TNT’s offense while Rice was out and finished with 20 points and 10 assists as they refused to be rattled by an energetic pro-Ginebra crowd at Batangas City Sports Center.“It’s a do-or-die match. It will be hard for us to recover if we lost this game,” said Castro in Filipino. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sol Mercado hit a couple of threes and LA Tenorio found a cutting Japeth Aguilar in the baseline for a jaw-dropping one-hander that brought down the house and TNT’s lead to four.Super active on defense, Rice was saddled with fouls early, some of them unnecessary.The sprightly import committed his fourth personal just before halftime when he clipped a hard-driving Brownlee in the arm.Meanwhile, Meralco goes for the kill in Game 3 of their semifinal duel against the Star Hotshots Thursday.The Bolts, who lead the series at 2-0, shoot for the sweep at 7 p.m. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Moala Tautuaa and Kelly Williams also had their share of the limelight, as well as high-motor forward Tony Semerad, in neutralizing the Kings’ towering frontline.Unlike in Game 1, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar had few touches this time with TNT effectively sealing off the paint.But credit for limiting Justin Brownlee in the closing minutes went to Semerad, who stuck to the Ginebra import like a leech and received his share of bruises.Game 3 is scheduled Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings finally found their rhythm halfway through the second period after falling behind by 18, most of them points generated by TNT off turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESBATANGAS CITY— Glen Rice Jr. turned into a liability before picking himself up and becoming the game-changer that TNT needed.Benched for long stretches due to foul trouble, Rice made up for lost time and fired up the Texters for a 103-96 win that tied their PBA Governors Cup semifinal playoffs with the Barangay Ginebra Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 plans weather monitoring after heatstroke fears

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I feel that only in Japan would you go to that kind of detail,” he said, citing preparations for providing shade and water for athletes and spectators.If 2020 takes place in the same conditions that prevailed last summer in Tokyo, “the Organising Committee is really, really ready to counter the situation,” said Dubi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Japanese medical groups have warned the event could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke.In December, Tokyo 2020 officials announced they would move back the start of the marathon to “between 5:30am and 6am”. They had previously moved it back to 7am.Organizers have toyed with various ways of beating the heat including the introduction of daylight saving time — an idea that appears to have fallen by the wayside.Last time Japan hosted the Olympics, in 1964, the competition was held in October to avoid the hot summer conditions.IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi told reporters later Friday that what 2020 organizers were doing in terms of heat countermeasures was “stunning”.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – Mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games Miraitowa (centre L) and Someity (centre R) pose during their debut event in Tokyo on July 22, 2018.The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games announced the names of the mascots on July 22. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGITokyo 2020 organizers on Friday unveiled plans for a center to monitor extreme weather, after concerns the city’s scorching summer could cause heatstroke or even deaths during the Games.The next Olympics will also overlap with Japan’s typhoon season, and the potential for extreme conditions has become a major headache for the event after a string of weather-related disasters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Organizers will work with a private weather company and the government’s meteorological agency to analyze climate data in areas with Olympic venues, a Tokyo 2020 official told AFP.The center will send warnings about weather-related emergencies, including the risk of heatstroke and even evacuation information if necessary, she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLast year Japan was rocked by a number of weather emergencies, including record rainfall in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people.A deadly heatwave also gripped the country during the summer, raising concerns about outdoor events during the Games, particularly the marathon. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PBA: Fuel Masters destroy Elite to keep unbeaten streak going SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

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Bullet proof anti-terrorist vehicle deployed for Parl security

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) An armoured 360-degrees revolving Anti-Terrorist Vehicle (ATV) has been deployed in the Parliament complex for securing it against terrorist attack- like incidents.Brought out on special anti-ballistic configuration approved by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the two commandos-seater vehicle has been put on “trial” at the seat of power in central Delhi to test its efficacy in combating a terrorist or suicide attack, officals said.The 4.5-tonne military camouflage vehicle, moving on tank-like tyres has a special armour plating which can resist close firing from any modern assault rifle and grenades and provides ample opportunity to armed commandos to take precise aim from the firing ports without getting hit.It also has enough space for commandos to stock their weapons and ammunition, the officials said.The ATV, officials said, has been handed over for trial to the elite security wing of CRPF securing the complex under its Parliament Duty Group (PDG) charter and will be seen rolling in and out during the budget session commencing tomorrow.The vehicle, due to its sheer small size and capability to rotate 360-degrees on a stationary mounted platform, has been developed by a Jaipur-based firm on the directions of DRDO for special counter-terrorist tasks.The vehicle can attain a maximum speed limit of 25 km per hour and is the first of its kind in the small variants of bullet proof vehicles that are required to operate in large built up areas like Parliament, they said.The single ATV, put on trial recently, sports a flashy police beacon and has an overall armour, including bullet proof glasses, to protect the driver.advertisementOfficials said such a vehicle was required by special strike teams of CRPF keeping in view the threat perception to the sensitive facility which had come under a terrorist attack in 2001. PTI NES PRM PAL PRMlast_img read more

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Aadhaar bill introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) A Bill to provide Aadhaar statutory backing for use for transferring government subsidies and benefits was introduced in Lok Sabha today, incorporating clauses to keep personal information discreet and it not being a proof of citizenship. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced The Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 amid protests by Congress over the legislation being categorised as a money bill which does not need approval of the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley, however, asserted that the Bill falls within the textbook definition of money bill and went on to remind the Congress of bills like juvenile justice and workman injury compensation it brought as money bill when it was in power. He also said the Bill addresses concerns over privacy of Aadhaar data and the unique identification number being used as certificate of citizenship. Clause 9 of the Bill states that the Aadhaar number or the authentication thereof shall not, by itself, confer any right of, or be proof of, citizenship or domicile. The bill will provide for “good governance, efficient, transparent, and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services, the expenditure for which is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India, to individuals residing in India through assigning of unique identity numbers to such individuals”, a brief summary of the bill said. Giving statutory backing to Aadhaar will enable the use of this identification number for better targeting of subsidies. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said this would save Rs 20,000 crore by avoiding subsidies being taken by undeserving.advertisementCongress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said a similar bill was introduced by the UPA government but the NDA has now made it a money bill to “avoid” the Rajya Sabha.”This bill is significantly different from the earlier bill. It confines itself to government expenditure,” Jaitley said, defending the move. The National Identification Authority of India (NIDAI) Bill, 2010 was introduced by the previous UPA government to provide statutory backing to the UIDAI. It was not clear if this has been withdrawn. Money bills can be introduced only in the Lok Sabha and the Upper House, where the ruling NDA lacks majority, can only make recommendations but no amendments. Rajya Sabha has to return money bills to the Lower House within 14 days from the date of receipt, failing which it is considered approved. The Bill introduced today provides for a framework to ensure that the biometric details of citizens it collects are kept discreet and used only to generate Aadhaar numbers or authenticate them. PTI PRS KR ANZ MRlast_img read more

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La Liga chief Tebas slams European Super League plans

first_imgLa Liga chief Javier Tebas has slammed proposals to form a European Super League among the continent’s elite clubs, while warning such a plan could spell the end of the Spanish top flight. The concept of a European Super League has been bouncing around the world of football for decades, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez among those who has publicly discussed the possibility in the past. A meeting involving Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and businessman Stephen M. Ross in 2016, however, brought the ESL back into the spotlight.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! UEFA subsequently debated the plan, rejecting it in favour of increasing direct Champions League qualification places for England, Italy, Spain and Germany. And Tebas believes that the proposed league is merely the product of idle thinking amongst those in charge of Europe’s biggest teams.”The European Super League would be the end of La Liga and also of the Champions League,” he told Goal.”I define it harshly, so that everyone understands. The Superliga is the kind of project written up at a bar at five in the morning, a project of different club presidents”.The financial and commercial benefits are clear for those would be involved, but the Liga chief warned them to be wary.”There are many arguments against the Superleague. At first it will look beautiful, but the Bayern Munich or Real Madrid fan has become great by winning titles, winning their national competitions, because history is like that,” he added.”Some teams in the Super League table will finish ninth or 10th. You think of a Real Madrid against Manchester United game and on paper it’s a great match, but of course, one could be in 11th position and another in10th.”Let’s see how many fans are left in five years after that.”The Champions League must exist, its model is perfect. The clubs win. But a European Super League model would hurt football and, in the long term, will hurt the big clubs too, because it will never provide the economic figures that the big clubs think it will.”last_img read more

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Big strides: Q & A with Dutee Chand

first_imgQ. You offered the help of your legal team to South African athlete Caster Semenya.I had met her at 2016 Rio Olympics. I sent her an e-mail offering the aid of my legal team to help her challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations’s new regulations. I do not understand,Q. You offered the help of your legal team to South African athlete Caster Semenya.I had met her at 2016 Rio Olympics. I sent her an e-mail offering the aid of my legal team to help her challenge the International Association of Athletics Federations’s new regulations. I do not understand English too well, but I know she was touched by the gesture.Q. The Olympic channel’s Foul Play series implicitly compares you with Jewish high jumper Margaret Lambert who was barred from competing at the 1936 Olympics.I feel honoured and humbled. I am also compared to P.T. Usha and that is a big motivation.Q. What kept you going during your hyperandrogenism case against IAAF in 2014?Winning medals for India. That has always been my biggest dream, when I would run for three kilometres to school every day, during the difficult time of the case and now, when I am preparing for the 2022 Olympics.Q. What do people back home in Orissa say of your success?They feel thrilled with every new achievement. When I go home, children of the neighbourhood come out to run with me.Q. Bollywood is keen on sports biopics these days.I have been receiving offers. But my focus is entirely on my sport for the next five years. If it does get made though, I would love if the film is named Born to Run.last_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for February 12, 2019

first_imgARIESThere is strength, energy and courage in personal and professional aspects. Avoid superficial people. A shopping spree could blow your budget. You have the courage to be different, to be true to yourself, your friends and your values. Trust your intuition! Lucky number 11. Colour yellow. TAURUSYou are enthusiastic about new creative opportunities today. A trip overseas actualizes with a bit of luck and good planning. You manage financial and business aspects competently and tie up loose ends. Slow and steady achievement of goals leads to prosperity. Lucky number 3. Colour red. GEMINIYou draw ‘The Ace of Swords’ and cut away from negative situations and point towards goals today. You are a whirling force of activity and achieve much with your creative intelligence. Your social life is busy and tiring. A single-pointed approach is important. Lucky number 1. Colour green. CANCERYou make dynamic and progressive changes. Business trends take you towards the fast and risky lane to achieve phenomenal results. Love and romance lead to promise and commitment. Beware of tiring yourself with details and burning yourself out in huge projects. Lucky number 9. Colour red. LEOYou are able to maintain a position of power and financial security. You resolve family issues and conflicts with a little friendly persuasion today. Relationships are invaluable and loving. You are centered and strong within to deal with whatever life brings. Lucky number 4. Colour orange. VIRGOSince you function best in a position of control you rebel against authority or domination at work. You are courageous and frank while dealing with controversial matters. Relationships are sensitive as you seek appreciation. Try to be understanding and giving. Lucky number 2. Colour reds. advertisementLIBRAHealth problems should not be neglected. Building and farming can be therapeutic and gainful pastimes. You may invest in home or property gainfully. Meditation and healthy diets can work wonders for you. Personal relationships are steady and meaningful. Lucky number 14. Colour greens. SCORPIOYou smoothen out creases in relationships by accepting the other as they are and allowing freedom for individuality. You are finally centered and peaceful, as there is no conflict raging in your mind. Don’t waste time in conflicts; life is too short for that! Lucky number 4. Colour green. SAGITTARIUSList your priorities before taking decisions! You combine good luck with good management to achieve gain. Beware of theft or being taken in by a charlatan. You share love and happiness in personal relationships. You are a pride and joy for the family. Lucky number 9. Colour soft pink. CAPRICORNSuccess and material gain are satisfying. You induct new people and adopt modern systems in order to win against competition and rivalry. Maintain a balance in material and creative aspects to achieve progress. Reciprocate feelings in relationships. Lucky number 6. Colour soft pink. AQUARIUSYou feel free to move in any direction that fancies you today! You are loose limbed and rearing to go beyond limitations and fixed schedules. You remain in relationships that are loving and exciting. You may be shy of making commitments and promises. Lucky number 11. Colour green. PISCESYou find a healing outlet for a potential explosion by shaking up your energy and allowing it to circulate freely through dance, sport and physical activity today. Spiritual pursuit and Yoga prove to be beneficial and help you to regain inner strength. Lucky number 10. Colour saffron.last_img read more

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Frontline Extends Options for Trafiguras Two Suezmaxes

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license John Fredriksen’s Frontline and a subsidiary of Trafigura have reached an agreement to extend the option related to the acquisition of two Suezmax tankers.Under the deal reached in August, Frontline was to take over ten 2019-built Suezmax tankers, fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems, with two separate options to acquire two plus two additional Suezmax tankers from Trafigura Maritime Logistics.The first option for the Suezmax duo expired on September 12, therefore, the parties agreed to extend the expiry date for the option to September 18.The second option, with a deadline of September 24, would expire if the first option is not validly exercised.Frontline earlier said that the transaction was expected to close between mid-November 2019 and mid-March 2020. Until then, the company would time charter all the units at a daily rate of around USD 23,000 in order to obtain earlier exposure.last_img read more

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10yearold girl trapped under Mumbai wall collapse debris

first_imgMumbai: Rescue workers in the congested Pimpripada area of north Mumbai are working to get a 10-year- old girl out of the debris of a wall which collapsed, killing 18 persons early Tuesday. A rescue worker said the girl, Sanchita Nalawade, has been crying for help and asking for water since the last few hours. “Shortly after the wall collapsed, we rescued a child from underneath the debris. This girl Sanchita has been crying for help since 2 am,” the worker, a local resident, said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Mujhe bahar nikalo,” has been her repeated plea, he said. The girl’s cry for help from under the debris set off a massive rescue effort. Sanchita’s faint voice could be heard calling out for water to drink. Efforts are on to cut a small section of the wall and clear a path for the girl to escape. At the scene of the tragedy, an eyewitness said when the wall collapsed, it was like a tsunami accompanied by a massive thud. “Water was getting accumulated since it began raining heavily several hours ago. It created massive pressure on the wall. It soon gave way,” a resident said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed People gathered at the site were seen discussing the ownership of the wall. While some claimed it belonged to the Forest department, others said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was the owner, while some said auto major Mahindra & Mahindra had erected it. “It came down like a tsunami and the gushing waters threw aside everything that came its way,” said Sachin Dhuri, a resident. Another local likened the collapse to the flash floods in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath in 2013, which killed over 5,500 people and buried most swathes of the town in slush. Political parties, who regularly line up for votes, also came under fire as the residents, trying to come to terms with the tragedy, spoke in huddles at the site. “They come here for votes but no one listens to us. Once elections are over, they disappear. They have done nothing for us,” resident Suresh Patil said. “These political parties have a use and throw attitude towards us,” said Pramod Pawar, another local. Residents said 60-70 hutments got damaged in the wall collapse, and demanded adequate compensation from the authorities. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier in the day announced Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased. “The government promises housing for all but does not do anything. Lives have been lost. It should rehabilitate us now,” said resident Mahindra Singh. Eighteen people were killed and over 50 injured when heavy rains led to a wall collapsing on hutments in Malad’s Pimpripada area.last_img read more

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Major automobile manufacturers report sharp decline in Aug sales

first_imgNew Delhi: Major automobile manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Honda on Sunday reported a high double-digit decline in their sales in August as the Indian auto sector continued to reel under one of the worst slowdowns in its history. While Maruti reported a 33 per cent drop in August sales at 1,06,413 units, sale of passenger vehicles by Tata Motors fell 58 per cent during the month under review. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, Honda Cars India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sales dropped 51 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. Commenting on the sales performance, Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicles Business Unit Mayank Pareek said the market continued to be challenging, but the company has focused on improving its retail sales, which saw an uptick of 42 per cent. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India reported a 32.7 per cent decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDomestic sales declined by 34.3 per cent at 97,061 units last month as against 1,47,700 units in August 2018, it added. Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, fell 23.9 per cent at 54,274 units as against 71,364 cars in August last year. Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) total sales dipped to 36,085 units in August as against 48,324 units in the corresponding month last year. In the domestic market, sales were down 26 per cent to 33,564 units last month, compared to 45,373 units in August 2018. In the passenger vehicle segment, which includes utility vehicles, cars and vans, M&M sold 13,507 units last month as compared to 19,758 vehicles in the same month of 2018, a drop of 32 per cent. In the commercial vehicle segment, the company sold 14, 684 vehicles as against 20,326 units a year ago, down 28 per cent. Similarly, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) domestic sales dropped to 8,291 units in August as against 17,020 units in the same month last year. “The auto sector continues to witness high de-growth due to poor consumer sentiment,” HCIL Senior Vice President and Director, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Goel said in a statement. This is despite the high discounts prevailing in the market which makes it the best time to buy cars, he added. Hyundai Motor India domestic sales contracted by 16.58 per cent to 38,205 units. Toyota Kirloskar Motor too reported a decline in total sales at 11,544 units in August. Sales in the domestic market stood at 10,701 units as compared to 14,100 units in August 2018, down 24 per cent.last_img read more

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Vehicles appear to cause more pollution as compared to firecrackers SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” “Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre.last_img read more

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Neil Young concludes antioil sands concert series with show in Calgary

“This is a metaphor. Fort Mac stands for the entire oil sands area. I’m talking about your house on the street in Fort Mac.”Young’s Hiroshima claim prompted some Twitter users in the Fort McMurray area to post pictures of natural scenes of rivers, lakes and forests under the hashtag #myhiroshima.Many of the photos are accompanied by comments such as, “The ’wasteland’ behind my house,” or, “Dog sledding through nuclear wasteland,” and are clearly meant to highlight the discrepancy between the rock star’s portrayal of their home and what they say is the reality outside their doors.Another shot of #myhiroshima. I have never seen such beautiful sunsets as I have in #ymm. pic.twitter.com/dMvCPgQPdM — Julie Y (@JulieEY) January 19, 2014Trails in Timberlea, a residential area in #ymm in winter. This is #myhiroshima pic.twitter.com/g7dIRwHzGu — McMurrayMusings (@McMurrayMusings) January 18, 2014#myhiroshima – nowhere to stay (Canoeing the Athabasca) pic.twitter.com/ETtz18NPZP — Robert Fernandez (@expoman99) January 18, 2014“I just turned your CDs into landfill. So disappointed,” tweeted Terri Windover to Young’s official Twitter account.Catherine Swift, head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, posted in #myhiroshima that Young was the “Jenny McCarthy” of the “anti-economic success anti-well-paying jobs movement.”McCarthy, a former model/actress, vehemently claims childhood vaccinations cause autism and other disabilities, despite those claims having been disproven by rigorous scientific research.“Keep on rockin in the dumb world,” Swift tweeted.Jim Cuddy from the Canadian band Blue Rodeo called Young’s comparison of the oil sands with Hiroshima extreme.Still, Cuddy suggested that Young has triggered a national discussion about the oil sands that is long overdue.he movement and the efforts of Honour the Treaties will continue until the treaties are honouredYoung, meanwhile, said he remains a “proud Canadian,” having just renewed his passport in Winnipeg a few days ago.“Canada is a great, great country. I love Canada. Canada used to be a world leader, not a follower,” he said.“The movement and the efforts of Honour the Treaties will continue until the treaties are honoured.” “Young’s representative suggested oil sands producers participate in Neil Young’s media conference today, but when CAPP requested a neutral moderator and equal representation, the organizer said this was not acceptable,” the CAPP statement said.Environmentalist David Suzuki moderated the panel discussions, which included First Nations representatives and scientist David Schindler, who has studied the impacts of oil sands pollution.Young garnered considerable publicity last week with his first three concerts and has generated considerable debate.His tour — which Young said Sunday was not meant to be an “anti-tar sands crusade” — included stops in Toronto, Winnipeg and Regina where Young dropped statements about the oil sands that many denounced as over-the top.On Sunday, Young continued to stand by statements that the oil sands mining projects near Fort McMurray resemble the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945. But he said the media’s focus on those comments misses the point.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Canadian rocker Neil Young says his Honour the Treaties tour has accomplished what it set out to do, surpassing its fundraising goal for a Northern Alberta First Nation fighting oil sands development and raising awareness of the broader issue of aboriginal rights.[np_storybar title=”Neil Young and his fellow oil sands critics have yet to propose a single credible alternative” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/01/19/michael-den-tandt-neil-young-and-his-fellow-oil-sands-critics-have-yet-to-propose-a-single-credible-alternative/”%5DMichael Den Tandt: Neil Young is probably no more, and no less, a moral coward than the next person. But the Canadian rocker is a moral coward. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]“We have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams in raising money for legal defence of the First Nations. Global environmental forces are joining us now with financial resources and it’s now because of the Canadian people’s awesome response to our call for justice,” Young told before the final show of the four-stop circuit in Calgary, the financial heart of Canada’s oil patch.“We have matched and multiplied the money we have raised from Canadians supporting honour the treaties. We will be positioned to match the legal power of our opposition dollar for dollar.”The goal of raising $75,000 for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal defence fund was surpassed a few days ago, Young said. The ACFN announced last week it had filed a legal challenge to Ottawa’s recent approval of Royal Dutch Shell’s planned Jackpine oil sands mine.Beyond the financial goal, Young said the concerts have succeeded in getting Canadians talking.“So it’s a win for us, because we’re all talking about it. No matter how you feel, there’s a discussion going on at the breakfast table. That’s big. That’s real. That’s Canada.”The singer did not accept an invitation from Canada’s oil and gas industry lobby group to meet before Sunday’s show.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers issued a statement Sunday saying it offered to “have a balanced discussion,” but a representative of Young and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam offered an alternative that was unacceptable, CAPP said.Leah Hennel/Postmedia News read more

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Not a trivial pursuit Iceland startup Plain Vanilla finds success with quiz

Not a trivial pursuit: Iceland startup Plain Vanilla finds success with quiz app This photo taken in early 2014 and made available by Plain Vanilla on Thursday March 6, 2014, shows Thor Fridriksson, the founder and CEO of Plain Vanilla Games in their offices in Reykjavik. A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favor of California’s Silicon Valley. The company, Plain Vanilla, Thursday March 6, 2014, launches the Android version of QuizUp, which already has 10 million users who have played more than 1 billion matches on their iPhones and iPads. (AP Photo/Plain Vanilla Games) REYKJAVIK, Iceland – A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favour of California’s Silicon Valley.The company, Plain Vanilla, on Thursday launches the Android version of QuizUp, which already has 10 million users who have played more than 1 billion matches on their iPhones and iPads.Founder and CEO Thor Fridriksson told the Associated Press he plans to keep the company based in Iceland in part to show what it is possible to achieve even after the country’s horrendous economic problems.“Iceland has had a tough time since the banking crisis,” said Fridriksson. “I think if Plain Vanilla stays in Iceland, creates more jobs and shows other startups what’s possible, that’s a positive thing.”In the autumn of 2008, Iceland’s three largest banks collapsed, sending its economy into a freefall with businesses shuttering, the currency depreciating and unemployment rising to unprecedented levels. The country is still recovering.In this sombre mood, Plain Vanilla’s success stands out. It started with 7 employees and currently has 45, Fridriksson said.Venture capitalists have poured more than $30 million into the company, which seems to have found a niche in the extremely competitive app business.What makes the trivia app stand out in a field crowded with tens of thousands of choices?QuizUp players can choose among more than 400 categories that range from questions about sports to literature to pop culture. Some of the most popular categories include: Harry Potter, Celebrities, Spelling, and Disney.“For me, it’s two things,” said Mike Wehner, the editor of The Unofficial Apple Weblog. “First, the ridiculous number of categories available means that there’s going to be something that everyone is an expert in. For example, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but of the shows I do watch, I know a LOT about them. So although I’d probably be really bad at a trivia game where general ‘TV’ was a category, I’m one of the best in the world at the Futurama category in QuizUp.”The real-time mobile application also allows users to play against other people, not computers. Players can connect with, and challenge friends through Facebook, or play against strangers, which sets the app apart from many other trivia games.“It constantly pushes you forward by telling you who you’re better than,” said Wehner. “You answer a few questions about a topic and you don’t make much progress, but if you answer a few dozen, you might be the best in your city. Keep going and you’re the best in your state, country, and eventually the world. Once you get that first carrot, there’s always another one dangling in front of you.” by Jenna Gottlieb, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 11:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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University moves to streamline its ancillary operations

The University announced today it is updating the way it organizes and delivers a wide range of support, business-oriented and service-based departments, from Residences and Food Services to Parking, Brock Sports, Youth Programs, the Campus Store and Printing Services.Besides creating a more efficient reporting structure, the changes will also see the move of several senior Brock administrators into new roles.The new look, to be phased in over the first half of April, is the latest of several updates the University has undertaken in the past two years to reorganize how it staffs and delivers a wide range of student and administrative services.In this latest move, the most visible result is a new division called Ancillary Services, which is comprised of Residences; Brock Sports; Recreation & Youth Programs; Hospitality & Conference Services; Campus Store & Parking Services; and Ancillary Service Supports. It will be headed by Bryan Boles, who has been Brock’s Associate Vice-President of Finance but now moves to the newly-created position of Associate Vice-President, Ancillary Services.Replacing Boles as AVP Finance in an interim capacity will be Josh Tonnos, who has been Brock’s Director of Accounting and Treasury for the past three years.Tom Arkell, who has been Associate Vice-President of University Services, moves to the new role of Special Advisor to the Vice-President Administration. A major task of this portfolio will be helping to manage the 2021 Canada Games, which will be held in Niagara. Arkell will also assist administratively with Rodman Hall and its transition to sustainability, working with partners at Brock and in the surrounding community.Other realignments include shifting Printing Services into the Marketing & Communications team, and having Shipping, Receiving & Mail rejoin the Procurement team in Finance.Brian Hutchings, Vice-President of Administration, said Brock is continuing in its efforts to modernize a complex network of services into a delivery model that is nimble, intuitive and reflects how people use and access services in the 21st century.“This continuing evolution of our operations will make the University stronger and better positioned to respond as new challenges and opportunities arise,” said Hutchings. read more

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Mens hockey No 4 seed Buckeyes fall to No 2 seed MinnesotaDuluth

Ohio State sophomore forward Mason Jobst falls on the ice during Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerIn spite of two third-period goals and outshooting their opponents 42-32 in the game, the No. 4 seed Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to the No. 2 seed Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, 3-2, in overtime in the first round of the West region of the NCAA tournament.Redshirt junior defender Matt Joyaux and freshman defender Gordi Myer scored for OSU in the loss. Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins was excellent between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray, notching 29 saves.OSU opened the first period by warding off substantial Bulldog puck possession in their zone, including an unsuccessful powerplay. With a little over three minutes remaining, however, the Scarlet and Gray seemed to take the lead on its first powerplay of the contest — but the goal was disallowed after review.Collectively, the Buckeyes led the shot count 9-6 after 20 minutes, entering the first intermission scoreless.The Scarlet and Gray seemed to carry momentum out of the break into the second period, but it was Minnesota-Duluth who opened the game’s scoring. On the rush just 49 seconds in, Bulldogs senior forward and captain Dominic Toninato fired a laser into the opposite corner to put his team up 1-0 early in the second stanza.Just three minutes later Minnesota-Duluth seemed to double its lead as Toninato scored his second from close range, but a goal was disallowed for a second time in the game to keep the Buckeyes’ deficit at one.Despite being down a goal, OSU continued to find itself in front of the Bulldog net with chances to score, but could not beat freshman netminder Hunter Miska — who is amongst the nation’s best in the shutout category.With 6:19 left in the period, Minnesota-Duluth freshman defenseman Nick Wolff buried a shot from the point into the back of the net to make it 2-0 into the final trip to the locker room.The Buckeyes looked to capitalize on their opportunities, and to get back into the game as what could possibly be the final 20 minutes of their season began. With just under 13 minutes remaining, Joyaux one-timed a wrister from the point past Miska to cut the Minnesota-Duluth lead to one on his third goal of the season. Junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forward Dakota Joshua each recorded an assist on the play — their fourth and 23rd helpers of the season.Minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray tied the game when freshman forward Tanner Laczynski centered a pass to a waiting Myer, who cashed for his first goal in an OSU uniform to equalize for his team at the 7:20 mark of the final frame.While time ran down in the third period, neither the Buckeyes nor the Bulldogs could not capture the go-ahead goal — and as the horn sounded, both sides found themselves in a 2-2 deadlock at the end of regulation.Into overtime, OSU possessed the momentum and the advantage in the shots category after a comeback in the previous period. However, Miska continued to be spectacular in net for the Bulldogs on multiple occasions, denying Joyaux and senior forward David Gust of a guaranteed tap-in with the edge of his stick early on in the extra period.Despite being dominated offensively in the final 20 minutes, Minnesota-Duluth captured the game-winning goal when senior defender Willie Raskob one-timed a slapshot from the point past Tomkins to send the Bulldogs into the regional championship.Minnesota-Duluth will take on Boston University Saturday evening with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line. The Buckeyes graduate seven seniors from this year’s roster, and end their season with 21-12-6 record. read more

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Győr champion for the third time in the season

Two who will be missedToday’s matches alse marked the last in the career of two international stars of the likes of Anja Althaus and Marija Jovanovic. The German international had confirmed her retirement in the mixed zone of the Papp Laszlo Sportarena last year, after having lost the EHF Final 4 with HC Vardar, but a call from the Hungarian powerhouse made her change her mind and she kept on playing for one more year in which she lifted three titles, inlcuding her third Champions League title (the other two with Viborg HK).Jovanovic, on the other hand, had announced her retirement from the national team last year, and accoording to an article from the EHFCL site a month ago, this was also her last season as a professional handball player: “I could have obviously stayed for a couple more seasons, but I do not want to force myself to do it. This season has been the best ever, but also the hardest, and I feel it is the right time”, she would state. ← Previous Story Over 20.000 votes for the best young handball girls in season 2017/2018 – Dumanska has biggest support Next Story → Dramatic 30 seconds in Hungary – Two screens, one dream, celebration in Gyor In a nerve-racking definition, on the last journey of the Hungarian League, Győri Audi ETO KC obtained their 14th title due to goal difference with FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria, who finished with the same points, but couldn’t hold on to the championship on the last play of the match, literally. Today’s matches marked the farewell for Ambros Martín who will move to Rostov-Don and for Anja Althaus and Marija Jovanovic who retired from professional handball.It’s been only a little bit more than a week after Győr conquered their 4th Champions League title and today they had the chance to repeat the domestic league championship and obtain the third title of the season (also won the Hungarian Cup) under the command of Ambros Martín, who is set to leave after six fruitful years in the club. A six goal difference over today’s rival Békéscsabai was done, as the match ended 34-19 in the Audi Arena. However, the other contender for the title was still playing in Budapest. FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria was defeating Vaci NKSE 42-23 and with that difference, they were becoming the new champions, but a penalty caused by Dora Hornyak on the last minute of the match gave the visitors the chance to reduce the gap. Although it was not important for that result itself, it could make the difference at the top of the ranking. Patricia Kovács took the shot from the 7-meter line and softly dropped the ball over Biro’s head to give Győr the goal difference they needed. The last ball of the match was for the home team and Gabor Elek called for a time-out to set the plan. With 24 seconds left to be played, FTC moved the ball and Noémi Hafrá, who had had a great match, took a standing shot from the left back position, but it went too wide; which meant that the 42-24 victory was not enough for FTC to lift the trophy.With this new league title, the 5th under Martín’s command, Győri Audi ETO KC is only one title behind the most winner team in the Hungarian league, Vasas, which boasts 15 championships. The Spanish coach will leave the Hungarian champion after havng successfully obtained the three titles at stake this season: the Hungarian Cup, EHF Champions League and Hungarian League.Despite the tough season, Győr has shown great integrity to face all the injuries and achieve all of their goals. This was a recurrent topic ahead of the EHF Final 4 in Budapest and something that both players and coaching staff have remarked: and far from being an excuse, we should remember that nearly 50% of the squad suffered from an either short or long term injury during the season, and the list includes Kari Grimsbø, Eduarda Amorim, Anne Mette Hansen, Anja Althaus, Jana Knedlikova, Nycke Groot, Stine Oftedal, Zsuzsanna Tomori and Nora Mørk. Finishing the season with all three titles speaks well of al the involved in the making. Ambros Martinanja althausftc rail cargo hungariaGyori Audi ETO KCHungarian LeagueMarija Jovanovic read more

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Second man arrested by gardaí investigating fatal Tallaght assault

first_img Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 12:56 PM Vincent had been socialising at the Killinarden pub in Tallaght on the night of the assault. Image: Garda Press/Rollingnews.ie Short URL Sep 8th 2019, 12:56 PM GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a second man in connection with the murder of Vincent Parsons, who died following a fatal assault in Tallaght, Co Dublin last month.A 26-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of murder in relation to the fatal assault on the 24 August in Killinarden. Vincent Parsons (34) was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital the evening following the assault. The father-of-two, who worked as a welder, was discovered with head injuries by passers-by in Killinarden Estate in Tallaght. The 26-year-old is currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.This is the second person arrested in relation to the murder.A 24-year-old man, who was previously arrested on suspicion of murder, was released without charge on 29 August. Vincent had been socialising at the Killinarden pub in Tallaght on the night of the assault. Gardaí believe that an altercation took place and have asked that anyone in or near the pub between 10pm and shortly after 11pm to come forward.Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4800563 By Adam Dalycenter_img Image: Garda Press/Rollingnews.ie Vincent had been socialising at the Killinarden pub in Tallaght on the night of the assault. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share17 Tweet Email 12,992 Views Second man arrested by gardaí investigating fatal Tallaght assault The father-of-two was discovered with head injuries by passers-by in Killinarden Estate in Tallaght last month. last_img read more

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322 WWE Results Ontario California Bryan vs Kane

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Facebook 3/22 WWE Results: Ontario, California1. Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper2. Finn Balor def. Tyler Breeze3. Natalya, Emma & Naomi def. Summer Rae, Cameron & NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks4. Jimmy Uso def. The Miz5. Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt6. Los Matadores def. Curtis Axel & Heath Slater7. Dean Ambrose def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett by DQ.8. Daniel Bryan def. Kane in a Street Fight.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Shawn Michaels WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Ronda Rousey Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Google+ Videos Articles Twitter Seth Rollins WhatsApplast_img read more

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